Reviews

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli Review: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli Review: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Though technically legendary film director Hayao Miyazaki's second feature length animated film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is the first film that captured the master's career long preoccupations with fanciful machines of flight, devastating environmental interference by ... Read More »

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli Review: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli Review: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Howl’s Moving Castle introduces us to Sofi, a young girl who doesn’t quite believe in herself. She works in a hat store and she enjoys it, but she just can’t find happiness outside of her workroom. Outside her window, the promise of a war involving humans and wizards grows bigger... Read More »

TIFF’s Joel & Ethan Coen – Tall Tales Review: The Big Lebowski (1998) – NP Approved

TIFF’s Joel & Ethan Coen – Tall Tales Review: The Big Lebowski (1998) – NP Approved

Joel and Ethan Coen are masters at creating characters. Their genius lies in how they drive those characters by making them frolic randomly across the screen. The Big Lebowski was made during a really confusing time in history. The Cold War had long thawed out and the real impact... Read More »

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Desolation of Smaug is the Hobbit film we’ve been waiting for. Peter Jackson has undoubtedly got his mojo back in his latest offering that, by comparison, makes its 2012 predecessor look like a dire effort indeed. Whereas An Unexpected Journey acted merely as a stretched out intr... Read More »

Subversive Saturday: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012) – NP Approved

Subversive Saturday: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012) – NP Approved

In a brilliant follow up to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (a film that broke down the semiotics of films by masters ranging from Chaplin to Tarkovsky), Slavoj Žižek returns and once again uses film to dissect the very nature of our desires and the limitations of pure objective th... Read More »

Review: American Hustle (2013)

Review: American Hustle (2013)

Any discussion of American Hustle has to be dense, for there is so much going on in the film that any tertiary discussion would be, frankly, as shallow as some of the early pundits pegged the film itself to be. David O. Russell, a filmmaker who used to make passion projects with ... Read More »

Review: Hours (2013)

Review: Hours (2013)

Paul Walker’s role in Hours is a departure from the most familiar Brian O’Conner that occupies the various Fast-speckled franchise. As Nolan Hayes, he is asked to find a deeper emotional peril as a husband who has recently lost his wife and a father who is on the verge of losing ... Read More »

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli Review: Castle in the Sky (1986)

TIFF’s Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli Review: Castle in the Sky (1986)

The renowned Hayao Miyazaki demonstrates already in his first film, Castle in the Sky (1986), that he deserves notice amongst the finest animators to wield the digital pen. An early indication of great things to come, the film arouses sentiment and luxury of which only Miyazaki m... Read More »

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of the 3D technology in general and usually prefer to watch a movie the “old-fashioned way”. However, I still wanted to experience The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug in its High-Frame-Rate, the 48 frames per second technology that Peter... Read More »

Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

The Coen brothers take us back to the early Greenwich Village folk scene during the winter of 1961. “Inside Llewyn Davis” follows a week in the life of a young, aspiring folk singer, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), whose attempts to make a career out of his music are made during a ti... Read More »

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